ARTICLE I OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB
Corinthians of LHP, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as the Club) promotes
social activity among the members, such as cruises, dinners, dances,
parties and other forms of entertainment and fosters a spirit of
camaraderie among its members. In addition, the Club shall: (a) foster the
art of seamanship and promote boating, sport fishing and other allied
marine activities, (b) engage in such charitable activities coincidental
to boats and boating, as its members may decide, and (c) provide
educational programs for its members in the areas of seamanship and marine
ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP
Membership is defined as: (a) a single person, (b) a married couple, (c) a
single person and his/her designated partner (as determined by the
Corinthians Board of Governors). (The Corinthians Board of Governors will
hereinafter be referred to as the BOG.)
1. Applicants for membership shall be judged on their social acceptability
to the existing membership, their interest in and skills pertaining to
boating and such other criteria as may be determined by the BOG. Members
must be willing to participate in, organize, run or assist in events of
2. Membership is available only on an invitational basis. The application
form shall be made available to prospective members only by the members
who intend to sponsor such applicants.
3. Individual Members shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and
of good character. Members must agree to conform to the regulations,
bylaws and rules of the Corinthians, Inc. The member and the member's
spouse or designated partner are each deemed to be full members, each
having a vote in the affairs of the club and both allowed to be Board
Members and/or Bridge Members. Each membership has two (2) votes, whether
or not it is a single or joint membership except for the ‘grandfathered’
Widow Membership, which will only have one vote.
4. Applications shall be made on forms provided by the Chairman of the
Membership Committee, and shall be endorsed by three (3) separate
memberships of the Club.
5. On the first reading, the BOG decides by majority voice vote if the
applicant is accepted for further consideration and processing. Before the
vote for acceptance is taken, on the request of two BOG members, the BOG
shall postpone the consideration of an applicant until the next Board
6. The second reading shall be held at the next regularly scheduled or
special BOG meeting. Balloting on second reading shall be secret by a
method established by the BOG. Three (3) opposing votes shall constitute
unfavorable action on the application. If an application is rejected, the
applicant (s) may not be reconsidered for Membership by the Board until at
least six months have passed.
7. DUES. The dues of Club shall be fixed annually by the BOG on or before
the Annual General Membership Meeting and shall thereupon become due and
payable by Change of Watch. A membership that fails to pay its annual dues
shall be notified at its last known address. A membership that fails to
make payment of such dues plus late fee by the December BOG meeting,
without justification, shall be considered by the BOG to be delinquent and
will be dropped from the membership. The membership will be notified by
8. Applicant(s) for membership must own a boat (The term “own a boat”
shall mean a person who solely or in conjunction with spouse or designated
partner, shall have a controlling and/or beneficial interest of at least
fifty-one percent) with the following exception: The BOG may in each
fiscal year, authorize the Membership Committee to extend invitations to
as many as ten (10) non-boat owners who have been or at present, are
active in boating and have a genuine interest or experience in boating.
Only one membership shall be considered per boat.
9. The Secretary of the Club shall keep a current record of all voting
10. HONORARY MEMBERS. The BOG may elect as Honorary Members, such persons
as, in its estimation, are entitled to this distinction by reason of
services or benefits rendered, or for other adequate reason. Honorary
members do not pay dues and will have full voting rights.
11. LIFETIME MEMBERS. The BOG may designate any Corinthian who has been a
member for twenty-five (25) years as a Lifetime Member. These members will
be recognized at the February General Membership Meeting.
12. LIMITS, TERMS AND DUES. The BOG has the power and authority to limit
the memberships of the Club. It shall fix the terms and conditions of
membership with respect to the privileges of members, dues, initiation
fees and assessments of members, honorary members, and the terms and
conditions thereof. It has the authority to change dues, initiation fees,
assessments, terms and conditions of membership at any meeting, without
notice, to become effective at such time or times as may be fixed by the
Board. Announcement of such change will be sent to all Club Members
affected thereby, within thirty (30) days after such action, but failure
to receive such announcement shall not relieve any member from liability
under such change.
13. EXPULSION AND DISCIPLINE. The BOG by a majority vote of those present,
may censure, suspend or expel any member of the Club for unbecoming
conduct or actions at variance with its Bylaws or Rules after a hearing of
which five (5) days notice has been given such member and at which he/she
will be given an opportunity to defend himself/herself if they desire.
14. REINSTATEMENT. Any expelled member may be reinstated by a majority of
those present at a BOG meeting.
ARTICLE III STANDING COMMITTEES
Standing Committees include a Cruise Committee, a Membership Committee, an
Entertainment Committee and a Finance Committee. The chairpersons of each
Committee shall thereafter select the members of his/her respective
committees from the membership at large.
1. The Cruise Committee is chaired by the Fleet Captain/Cruise Director
and will plan and organize all cruises.
2. The Membership Committee chairperson is nominated by the Commodore and
approved by the BOG. The Membership Chairperson has charge of procuring
and qualifying new members in accordance with these Bylaws and the
Corinthians Procedure Manual. After an application has been received, the
membership committee shall diligently examine the applicant’s eligibility
and report thereon to the BOG at its first meeting thereafter.
3. The Entertainment Committee is chaired by the Rear Commodore and has
charge of all inside entertainment functions of the Club.
4. The Finance Committee is chaired by the Vice Commodore and is
responsible for studying all financial matters of the Club, including the
preparation of a proposed working budget for all committees and Club
will confine its expenditures to appropriations made for that purpose by
the BOG and as stated in the annual budget.
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP. There shall be two general membership meetings. The
meeting on the first Friday in October shall be the Annual Meeting and
include the election of the Board of Governors and Bridge Officers. The
other general membership meeting will be held the first Friday of
February. The Commodore may at his/her discretion, and with the approval
of the BOG, change the date of any general membership meeting or any other
club function or event.
2. NOTICE OF MEETINGS. Written notice of every membership meeting shall,
at least ten (10) days before the date thereof, be e-mailed to every
member on record and noticed in the monthly issue of the MAINSHEET.
3. PLACE. All membership meetings shall be held at a place in Florida as
fixed by the BOG, and which place shall be specified in the notice of such
4. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF MEMBERSHIP. Special meetings of the membership may
be called at any time by the Commodore or Vice-Commodore if approved by
the majority of the BOG.
5. The Commodore, or the next officer in line, shall order special
meetings of the members upon written request of twenty-five (25) members
within 5 days of such request. At such meetings, the membership shall be
free to discuss improvements in the Club operation, or make complaints, or
offer suggestions. These suggestions and/or complaints shall be
transmitted to the BOG for their consideration at their next regular BOG
meeting, or, if of sufficient importance, shall be brought to the
attention of the BOG at a special meeting to be called as soon as
ARTICLE V BOARD OF GOVERNORS
AND QUALIFICATIONS. The BOG shall consist of up to fifteen (15) members,
including the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet
Captain/Cruise Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Judge Advocate,
Communication/Mainsheet Editor, and an appointed member of the Board,
together with six (6) members elected pursuant to paragraph 4 of this
2. The Immediate Past Commodore at his/her option shall have a seat on the
BOG as an Ex Officio BOG Member. The Immediate Past Commodore shall have
no voting rights and shall not be considered for determining the number
required for a quorum or whether a quorum is present at a meeting, but is
present only for advisory purposes and is not obligated to serve as a
regular working Board member.
3. Married Couples and/or Joint Partners in a membership may serve on the
BOG at the same time.
4. ELECTION OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS. At each Annual Meeting of the
membership, there shall be elected three (3) members to serve as members
of the BOG for a term of two (2) years each. These three members shall be
from a slate of candidates named by the Nominating Committee, and any
candidates nominated pursuant to ARTICLE VI Section 3.
5. TERM. The BOG elected pursuant to Paragraph 4 of this Article shall
serve for a term of two years commencing immediately and serving until
their successors are elected at the Annual Meeting. After serving two (2)
consecutive two year terms as an elected BOG Member, that member will not
be eligible to hold office as an elected BOG Member until a period of one
year has elapsed. Board Members who hold the office of Commodore, Vice
Commodore, Rear Commodore, Fleet Captain/Cruise Director, Secretary,
Treasurer, Judge Advocate, Communication/Mainsheet Editor, and the
appointed Member of the BOG are exempt from this restriction.
6. BOARD MEETINGS. The BOG will hold their regular meetings on the third
Thursday of each month except June, July, and August. The meetings shall
be without special notice at at a place and time at the direction of the
Commodore, or of the BOG.
7. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. Special meetings of the BOG
may be called by the Commodore and shall be called by him/her upon a
written request of two or more BOG Members. Two (2) days notice to each
BOG Member is required. A special meeting may be called and held any time
and place at which every Board Member is present, even though no notice
has been given, and any business may be there transacted.
8. VACANCIES. Vacancies on the BOG other than Bridge Officers occurring
between Annual Meetings of the Membership shall be filled by the Commodore
with approval by the BOG. In the event that a member is appointed by the
Commodore to fill a vacancy of an elected member on the BOG, such
appointed member shall serve only until the next Annual Membership
Meeting, at which meeting the members shall, by election, fill the
remaining unexpired term, if any.
9. QUORUM. A majority of the BOG must be present in person to constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business by said BOG.
10. ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS. BOG members are encouraged to attend meetings
in person but may participate and vote in meetings on the phone or by
texting. Any member of the BOG who is absent from three (3) consecutive
regular meetings of the BOG, without previously being excused by the
Commodore, shall present at the next regular meeting an excuse for his/her
absence. If the excuse is not satisfactory to the majority of the Board
Members present, it shall be deemed that the member has resigned as a
member of the BOG.
11. QUALIFICATIONS. All Members of the BOG shall reside in the State of
Florida for at least six (6) months of each calendar year.
12. ELECTION AND TERM OF BRIDGE OFFICERS.
A. The Commodore, Vice-Commodore, and Rear Commodore shall be elected by
the Special BOG during a recess of the Annual Membership Meeting and shall
serve until their respective successors are elected and duly inducted. For
this purpose, the Special BOG shall consist of three (3) incumbent elected
members, the three newly elected members (as per ARTICLE V, Section 4),
and the present Commodore, Vice-Commodore and Rear Commodore.
B. Voting by proxy votes shall be permitted for the election of Bridge
Officers at this Special BOG Meeting. The proxy may designate the person(s)
for whom the proxy is/are being cast. The Club Secretary and/or Commodore
are the only persons authorized to receive these proxies and they must be
received at least two days prior to the Annual General Membership Meeting.
After receipt of the proxy, the Club Secretary and/or Commodore must
present the written proxy to the duly appointed Teller of the BOG for the
purpose of conducting the election of the Officers of the Club.
13. APPOINTED/NON-ELECTED GOVERNORS. The remaining members of the BOG
(Fleet Captain/Cruise Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Judge Advocate,
Mainsheet Editor and appointed members of the BOG) shall be nominated by
the Commodore Elect and approved by the BOG at the first meeting of the
BOG following the Annual Membership Meeting. The term of office of all
officers nominated and approved by the BOG under this paragraph shall be
for the period of one fiscal year, and they shall be inducted into office
during the Change of Watch Ceremony that is normally held on the first
Sunday in November.
14. The BOG may at any special or regular BOG Meeting remove a BOG Member
for cause and fill such vacancy created. Said BOG Member must receive a
written notice of this meeting at least five (5) days in advance.
15. SUCCESSION OF BRIDGE OFFICERS.
A. SHOULD THE OFFICE OF COMMODORE BECOME:
(1) PERMANENTLY VACATED: The Vice Commodore will assume all duties of the
Office of Commodore. The Office of Vice Commodore shall remain vacant for
the duration of the year. The Vice Commodore who assumes the duties of
Commodore shall serve his/her own full term in the succeeding year if
elected by the Special Board. All other Bridge Officers remain in their
positions for the duration of the year.
(2) TEMPORARILY VACATED: The Vice Commodore will assume all duties of the
Office of Commodore until such time that the Commodore is able to resume
B. SHOULD THE OFFICE OF THE VICE COMMODORE BECOME:
(1) PERMANENTLY VACATED: The other Bridge Officers will all move up one
rank if elected by the Special Board. The Commodore shall nominate a New
Fleet Captain/Cruise Director for approval by the BOG.
(2) TEMPORARILY VACATED: The Rear Commodore in addition to his/her own
duties, will assume the duties of the Office of Vice Commodore until such
time the Vice Commodore is able to resume his/her duties.
C SHOULD THE OFFICE OF REAR COMMODORE BECOME:
(1) PERMANENTLY VACATED: The Fleet Captain/Cruise Director will assume the
duties of Rear Commodore if approved by the BOG.
(2) TEMPORARILY VACATED: The Vice Commodore shall assume the duties of the
Rear Commodore until such time that the Rear Commodore is able to resume
D SHOULD THE OFFICE OF FLEET CAPTAIN/CRIUSE DIRECTOR BECOME:
(1) PERMANENTLY VACATED: The Commodore shall nominate a successor Fleet
Captain/Cruise Director for approval by the BOG.
(2) TEMPORARILY VACATED: The Commodore shall appoint a temporary Fleet
Captain/Cruise Director until such time that the Fleet Captain/Cruise
Director is able to resume his/her duties.
(1) PERMANENTLY VACATED shall be determined to exist when a Bridge Officer
is unable to perform his/her duties due to a permanent cause such as
death, resignation, permanent incapacitation, etc.
(2) TEMPORARILY VACATED shall be determined to exist when a Bridge Officer
is unable to perform his/her duties due to a temporary situation such as
temporary illness or incapacitation. Should a conflict exist as to the
definition between Permanent or Temporary vacation of office, at all
levels below the Commodore, the Commodore’s decision shall abide. Should a
conflict exist at the Commodore’s level, the BOG shall decide by majority
ARTICLE VI ELECTIONS
Commodore at the May Meeting of the BOG shall appoint, subject to approval
by the BOG, a Nominating Committee of five (5) members. The Chairperson of
said committee is to be the Vice Commodore and to include the Immediate
Past Commodore and at least one (1) additional past or present BOG Member.
2. The Nominating Committee shall nominate one candidate for each BOG
position to be elected at the next Annual Membership Meeting. Nominations
shall be completed and a list of the nominees posted on the Corinthian’s
notice board at the club by September 1st and published in the September
issue of the MAINSHEET, with a notice that additional nominations may be
made by the members as provided in this Article, Section 3. No member of
the Nominating Committee may be nominated for election by said committee.
3. Any member, otherwise qualified, may be nominated for election as a BOG
Member upon the presentation of a petition signed by at least ten (10)
memberships in good standing. Such petition must be accompanied by a
statement signed by the nominee that he/she will serve if elected, and
shall be filed with the Secretary not later than September 20th preceding
the Annual Meeting.
4. In the event that one or more additional nominations are received by
the Secretary prior to September 20th, as provided in this Article,
Section 3, the Secretary will prepare a ballot, containing the names of
all candidates nominated pursuant to this Article, Sections 2 and 3, and
make one ballot available to each voting member during a period of at
least one (1) hour prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting, and provide
a ballot box for members to deposit their ballots secretly. At the time of
opening of the Annual Meeting, the ballot box shall be closed and
delivered to a Committee of Tellers appointed by the Commodore. The
Tellers shall count the votes and report the results during the Annual
Meeting, if in session, or to the Commodore as expeditiously as possible.
The ballots shall be held by the Tellers for a period of ten (10) days and
be made available for checking in the event any candidate requests a
ARTICLE VII SEAL
The Seal of the Corporation shall be circular, having the name of the
Corporation engraved around the margin, and the word Seal in the center.
ARTICLE VIII ORDER OF BUSINESS
meetings, the order of business, after organization, will be as follows,
unless changed or dispensed with by the vote of a majority of the number
of members present at the meeting:
1. Reading the minutes of the last previous meeting and action thereon.
2. Consideration of the financial report or statement.
3. Commodore’s and other officers’ reports.
4. Reports of Committees.
5. Unfinished business.
6. New and miscellaneous business.
7. Election of Officers or Board Members, if in order.
ARTICLE IX MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
COMMITTEES. All standing Committee Chairpersons are to be appointed by the
Commodore, subject to the approval of the BOG. All special committees
shall be appointed by the Commodore, subject to approval of the BOG.
2. REPORTS AND RECORDS. At each Annual Meeting of the membership, the
Commodore shall read or cause to be read, a report of the condition of the
business of the Club and its accomplishments during the last twelve
3. CHECKS. All checks of the Club shall be signed by the Officer or
Officers as may be prescribed from time to time by the BOG.
4. FISCAL YEAR. The Fiscal Year shall be from 1 November to 31 October.
5. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES. The Parliamentary Procedures of the conduct
of the Club’s business will be that set forth in Robert’s Rules of Order,
newly revised edition.
ARTICLE X AMENDMENTS OF THE BYLAWS
BY APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The bylaws may be amended or revised by approval for adoption by a
majority vote of the BOG present at any regular or special meeting of the
BOG. If approved, the changes to the Bylaws will go into effect
ARTICLE XI PROCEDURE
The Corinthian Procedure Manual supplements these bylaws.
1.5 CRUISE POLICY
1.5.1 Announcement of a Cruise Event: The entire
year’s cruises are listed at the beginning of the Commodore’s year. A
cruise event will only be considered announced when it has been listed in
the Mainsheet or when it has been verbally announced at an Information
Meeting and there is a sign-up sheet.
1.5.2 Reservations for a Cruise Event: After a
cruise has been announced, reservations will be accepted on a first come
first served basis. A reservation will only be considered accepted when
accompanied by appropriate payment and the completed sign-up sheet. Verbal
reservations or reservations by a third party will not be accepted.
Checks, postdated checks, letters, verbal communications or any other form
of in-tended reservation will not be accepted prior to the time that the
trip is announced.
1.5.3 Bridge Officers, the Immediate Past
Commodore and Chairpersons will automatically be allotted space on the
cruise; however, they must sign the sign-up sheet for the cruise prior to
the Information Meeting for their space to be confirmed. The space will be
cancelled if payment is not received 30 days prior to the trip. The space
allotted to any of the above who do not sign up prior to the Information
Meeting will become available to any other member desiring to attend the
1.5.4 If the trip is not full at the end of the
Information Meeting, reservations will be accepted by mail or personal
delivery in the following manner: by mail will be accepted in the order of
postmark on the envelope; by personal delivery will be accepted in
accordance to the date and time received. Reservations by mail or personal
delivery must be accompanied by a signup sheet and a check for the full
1.5.5 Cancellations: Cancellations will be
accepted prior to thirty days before the trip date. After 30 days prior to
the trip date, refunds will only be given if that member’s slot has been
filled by the next eligible applicant.
1.5.6 Standby list: Once the trip is determined
to be full, a standby list will be created. In the case of any confirmed
cancellations, the first person from the standby list will be chosen. Any
standby not chosen will be placed at the top of the list for the next trip
to be announced. In this case, the standby’s payment will be refunded
provided they have met the requirements described above in 1.5.2.